North Country Rep. Walczyk calls on Gov. Cuomo to extend property tax deadline
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 6:00 am

A North Country assemblyman is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue an executive order extending the deadline for people who pay their property taxes in installments.

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk, R-Watertown, says this is "in response to concerns from local taxpayers in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties."

A statement from his office says they have "fielded a number of calls from elected officials and concerned residents asking about an extension to pay."

Walczyk's office said counties are looking to see the current deadline for people paying installments to be extended, from May of the following year of the due date until June.

His office points out that Cuomo allowed a similar extension following a lake effect snowstorm in early 2019.

"People are struggling right now, businesses are worried about their future and the last thing we should be doing is forcing someone to make the decision of paying their property taxes or putting food on the table," Assemblyman Walczyk said in a prepared statement. "The Governor has used this executive power for this purpose before during the aftermath of a snowstorm in 2019. What people are going through now no doubt warrants an extension and I hope the Governor will act quickly so that we c.an take this burden off the minds of the property owners who are struggling. Extending the deadline to pay property taxes at least 180 days without penalty is the right thing to do.